Yes, the road.

Yes, the road.
Eagle Nest, New Mexico. “People like to drive because driving is actually and symbolically an almost perfect mechanism for escape…there is probably no human being who does not have troubles, real or imagined, from which he at times feels the need to flee.” George R. Stewart.

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We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Ford 800. Canton de Bedford, Dept. Feu

The truck was on a dairy farm just below the border, in E. Berkshire, Vermont. Bedford is the township just the other side of the line, in Québec--hostie, do I hate spell-check! It creates way more confusion than it's worth. It was a struggle to get it to agree to Bedford instead of "before".
I love those backroads all along the Quebec/New England borderland. Some of the sweetest, greenest country in North America (& some of the whitest and coldest in January). A border just makes everything more strange, vivid and interesting.
I feel lucky when I think of backroads I've been able to roam this year, from Mora County, New Mexico to the streets of El Paso to the Eastern Townships of Québec. The best roads are those going to places you've never heard of.





 


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